Firm Profile > Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) > Vienna , Austria

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Administrative law and public sector Tier 3

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) covers public construction, planning and environmental law, advising on environmental impact assessments and the public law aspects of infrastructure, waste management and raw material extraction projects. Highlights included practice head Hanno Liebmann acting for subsidiaries of the Swiss Implenia Group on the construction of the Semmering tunnel and Markus Nussbaumer assisting construction materials company Asamer with environmental impact assessments relating to the redevelopment and expansion of a quarry and gravel pit.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong regional presence in Upper Austria and frequently acts for clients in various commercial and corporate disputes, including those at the intersection with white-collar crime and antitrust law alongside IP, employment and construction law. Hanno Liebmann is acting for Tobaccoland Handels and JTI Austria in proceedings against the Republic of Austria pertaining to the Tobacco Monopoly Act. Markus Fellner heads the team, which includes 2018 arrival Fabian Hanz; Hanz previously worked independently.

EU and competition Tier 3

The 'first-class' team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) advises on cartel investigations, merger control, dawn raids and follow-on damages claims, among other matters. 'Pragmatic', 'hands-on' practice head Christina Hummer, who divides her time between Vienna and Brussels, represented employees of Kaefer who were facing criminal sanctions for bid rigging before the General Federal Competition Prosecutor and the Prosecutor for Corruption; this was the first Austrian cartel case where employees subject to criminal prosecution applied for personal leniency. Markus Fellner, who is 'precise in his advice' and 'never loses sight of the practical needs of the client', assisted transport and logistics company Gartner with two merger control filings in Germany and Austria concerning its acquisition of German transport company Gustav Ziegler. Senior partner Wolfgang Lauss is advising the Business Upper Austria agency on whether a government subsidy granted to the client could constitute state aid.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Primarily operating from its Wels office in Upper Austria, but also present in Vienna and Graz, the team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) advises debtors and creditors alike on all aspects of insolvency, restructuring (with a particular focus on Chinese companies) and distressed M&A. The team consists of team head Ernst ChalupskyGerald SchmidsbergerAlexander Anderle, who routinely acts as an insolvency administrator; Christian Pindeus and Fritz Ecker.

Private client Tier 3

Based in Upper Austria, the private client team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) is noted for its ‘exceptional know-how’, ‘transparency’ and ‘reliability’. It advises family-owned companies, private foundations and renowned high-net-worth individuals on succession, inheritance and corporate structuring matters, both Austrian and cross-border. In addition, the firm regularly acts on the private client aspects of substantial transactions. Gerald Schmidsberger has ‘exceptional industry knowledge'. Also recommended are Franz Mittendorfer and Birgit Leb.

Public procurement Tier 3

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s 'highly experienced and reliable' team has a strong presence in Upper Austria and advises public authorities on the full spectrum of public procurement law including tender and review procedures, PPP projects and contentious matters. Team head Hanno Liebmann is advising Asfinag on public procurement matters pertaining to the redevelopment of the Arlberg tunnel. Edwin Scharf made salary partner in October 2017.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has specialist expertise in real estate and project finance and a niche in crowd investment models but also handles restructuring and regulatory matters. In recent work, team head Immanuel Gerstner assisted IFA Institut für Anlageberatung (ifa) with the structuring and implementation of a crowd investment model, and Thomas Ruhm advised CC1 Immobilien on mezzanine and shareholding finance matters. Franz Mittendorfer is another key contact, as is Matthias Steyrer, who joined the team in April 2018 from an in-house role. Fritz Ecker and Lukas Leitner made salary partner in October 2017.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

With offices in Vienna, Linz, Wels and Graz, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong regional presence and handles a wide range of transactional and corporate matters with a particular focus on the real estate sector. Immanuel Gerstner, who regularly acts at this intersection, advised Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing and CC Real Group on the sale of Nimos Immobilienprojekt, and in other work, Franz Mittendorfer advised the seller on the sale of Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik to ABB Group, and Thomas Ruhm assisted Baumit Beteiligungen with its acquisition of w&p Baustoffe. Gerald Schmidsberger is another key member of the team, which includes Matthias Steyrer, who joined the team in April 2018 from an in-house role.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 4

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has strong regional presence in Upper Austria and particular expertise in commercial disputes, while its clients also benefit from the team's experience in China-related disputes. Recently, the team successfully represented a Czech company in VIAC proceedings against a major Chinese state-owned entity pertaining to payment claims. Practice head Markus Fellner acts for SGS Industrial Services in cross-border ICC arbitration proceedings against a Chilean subsidiary of Andritz concerning outstanding payment obligations.

Real estate Tier 4

Much of Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s work pertains to real estate finance and M&A as well as disputes and development projects with clients praising its 'competence, focused approach and professional conduct in negotiations'. Practice head Immanuel Gerstner advised Soravia Equity on the conclusion of a building rights agreement with Austro Control with regards to the construction of the high-rise project Austro Tower; this instruction included assistance with lease agreements, public procurement and finance issues. Lukas Leitner made salary partner in October 2017.

Intellectual property Tier 5

With offices in Wels, Lenz and Vienna, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) handles a variety of IP work, from trade marks and patents to transaction-related IP work involving know-how transfers and licensing agreements, while clients also benefit from the team’s expertise in internet-related IP matters. The team, which is led by Maximilian Gumpoldsberger and Michael Pachinger, advised SIA Social Impact Award on the acquisition and administration of the EU trade mark Social Impact Award from Vienna University of Economics and Business, which included the drafting of the trade mark transfer agreements and registration of the transfer.

The firm:

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) is one of Austria´s leading business law firms. The firm’s roots date back to 1946. Based on this long-standing tradition, the firm’s focus is to provide comprehensive legal advice in all relevant fields of domestic and international business and commercial law by using their wide-ranging and in-depth experience and understanding of sectors, industries and markets.

Saxinger Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has an excellent, ambitious team of lawyers eager to benefit their clients’ businesses. They differentiate themselves from other Austrian law firms with their excellent level of client care by explaining and summarising any legal problems and providing the respective tailored solutions to their client´s technical and/or commercial needs. Through its global network combined  with local expertise and in-depth know-how they can thus guarantee their clients the best possible legal advice in many different juristictions.

One of Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners’ major changes happened in 2009 after a significant expansion which enlarged the firm’s wide-ranging expertise across many industries. The firm acted as a founding member of the international Schindhelm Alliance. Since then SCWP Schindhelm is a member of the SCWP Schindhelm Services SE, an alliance of European business law firms with offices in Central and Eastern Europe and the Asia Pacific region with more than 230 lawyers in 13 countries at 27 offices, including: Bilbao, Bologna, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Denia, Dusseldorf, Graz, Hanover, Istanbul, Linz, Madrid, Munich, Osnabrück, Palma de Mallorca, Pilsen, Prague, Shanghai, Sofia, Taicang, Valencia, Varna, Vienna, Warsaw, Wels and Wroclaw.

In 2010, the firm started its commitment in the Asian market with an Asia desk and its alliance office in Shanghai, which was in 2015 extended and strengthened by the Asia network and an additional office in Taicang. The firm’s clients now benefit from the Asia network of the Schindhelm alliance and reliable partners in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as offices located in China.

Areas of practice: Corporate and M&A: whether it is the purchase or disposal of companies or share holdings – the firm’s advisory activities cover the entire range of possible transaction forms. The firm advises on all phases of the transaction, from the letter of intent, the structuring and control of the transaction to due diligence and contract creation, to post-closing.

Real estate: whether it is acquisition or sale, development or management, utilisation or financing of real estate, the firm advises in all aspects of real estate: from property and construction law to corporate and capital market, and tax and environmental law.

Banking and finance/capital markets: the firm advises large and medium-sized companies and international corporations, public institutions and national and international banks and funds on all issues of financial management from the formulation of contracts to possible proceedings and disputes, both out of court and before courts, arbitral tribunals and other authorities.

Litigation/Dispute Resolution: The renowned dispute resolution practice of SCWP Schindhelm has vast experience in both advising and representing foreign, multinational and international clients before national and European courts as well as before arbitral tribunals. The experts of SCWP Schindhelm litigate in all areas of law and represent their clients in all kinds of disputes such as post M&A, corporate and construction disputes. SCWP Schindhelm’s experts are among others especially experienced in the industry sectors automotive, energy, construction and industrial engineering, distribution and franchising, health care and pharmaceutical, financial services, real estate as well as transportation. Further, SCWP Schindhelm’s experts are also active as arbitrators and business mediators.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A, Insolvency, Dispute Resolution Ernst Chalupsky
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate Immanuel Gerstner
IP/IT Maximilian Gumpoldsberger
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate Wolfgang Lauss
Banking and Finance, Corporate M&A, Litigation, Real Estate Franz Mittendorfer
Corporate/M&A, Banking and Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring, Private Client Gerald Schmidsberger
Corporate/M&A, Insolvency and Restructuring, Real Estate Alexander Anderle
Litigation/dispute resolution, Antitrust/Distribution Markus Fellner
Litigation/dispute resolution, Real Estate, Private Client Paul Haider
Antitrust/distribution, Compliance Christina Hummer
Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Private Client Birgit Leb
Dispute Resolution, Public Construction and Environmental Law, Public Procurement Hanno Liebmann
Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law Irene Meingast
Procurement, Compliance, IP/IT Markus Nussbaumer
IP/IT, Contracts and Standard Terms Michael Pachinger
Commercial criminal law/compliance Oliver Plöckinger
Corporate, Employment law, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate Bettina Poglies-Schneiderbauer
Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dipsute Resolution, Private Client Thomas Ruhm
Banking and Finance, Compliance, Corporate/M&A Matthias Steyrer
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Thomas Ruhm  photo Dr Thomas Ruhm
Dr iur Hanno Liebmann  photo Dr iur Hanno Liebmann
Dr iur Irene Meingast  photo Dr iur Irene Meingast
Dr iur Christina Hummer  photo Dr iur Christina Hummer
Dr Alice Meissner  photo Dr Alice Meissner
Dr iur Immanuel Gerstner  photo Dr iur Immanuel Gerstner
Dr Mathias Steyrer  photo Dr Mathias Steyrer
Dr Lukas Leitner  photo Dr Lukas Leitner
Mag iur Markus P. Fellner  photo Mag iur Markus P. Fellner
Number of lawyers at this address : 76
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Other offices : Bilbao*
Other offices : Bologna*
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Other offices : Graz
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Other offices : Istanbul*
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Other offices : Palma de Mallorca*
Other offices : Pilsen*
Other offices : Prague*
Other offices : Shanghai*
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Other offices : Valencia*
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Other offices : Wels
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Number of lawyers in this country : 76

CLIENT: Nikolaus Lallitsch, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Raiffeisen Landesbank Steiermark
TESTIMONIAL: Für uns ist SCWP Schindhelm längst die Nummer eins in allen Immobilienangelegenheiten.

SCWP Schindhelm has become the number one in all real estate matters for us.

CLIENT: Petra Riffert, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: Ich darf Ihnen das Kompliment der wirklich angenehmen und sehr kompetenten Zusammenarbeit aussprechen.

I would like to compliment you on the really pleasant and very competent cooperation.

CLIENT: Markus Auer, CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Beck Fastener Group
TESTIMONIAL: Ich möchte mich bei Ihnen für Ihre grandiose Unterstützung bedanken! Hat auch Spaß gemacht, mit diesem Team zusammen zu arbeiten!

I would like to thank you for your great support! It was also fun to work with this team!

CLIENT: Marc Rieker, attorney
TESTIMONIAL: Im Namen des ganzen GKN Teams danke ich Ihnen vielmals für die geleistete hervorragende Arbeit! Man konnte ja leicht den Überblick verlieren, aber Sie hatten die Sache jederzeit fest im Griff. Zudem waren wir sehr angetan von Ihrer präzisen und verlässlichen Art zu arbeiten.

On behalf of the entire GKN team, I would like to thank you very much for your excellent work! It was easy to lose track of things, but you had the situation under control at all times. We were also very pleased with your precise and reliable way of working.

CLIENT: Thomas Fleischanderl, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: eMagnetix Online Marketing GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: Von der Erfassung unseres Anliegens bis hin über Ausarbeitung und abschließenden Klärung von Fragen lief alles sehr professionell, verständlich und sympathisch ab. Wir sind mit dem Ergebnis sehr zufrieden. Herzlichen Dank, gerne wieder!

Everything went very professionally, smoothly and sympathetically, from taking on our concerns to the clarification of all our questions. We are very satisfied with the results. Many thanks, again!

CLIENT: Leopold Windtner, Chief Executive
TESTIMONIAL: With its multinational competences and in-depth legal guidance, SCWP Schindhelm gave us top advice on the successful implementation of the sale of the AVE CEE group.

CLIENT: Franz Ömer
COMPANY/FIRM: bet-at-home AG
TESTIMONIAL: SCWP Schindhelm has advised us practically since the very beginning of our entrepreneurial activities. They have been and remain competent and reliable partners during all key stages of our corporate development

CLIENT: Manfred Kaulich, Head of legal and risk department
TESTIMONIAL: The SCWP team represented us to the highest standard during this lawsuit. Due to its complexity, the facts had to be assessed meticulously, in particular in order to “bring down” the contractual limitation of liability. By virtue of the professional quality of the pleadings, this eventually succeeded

CLIENT: Herbert Kubasta
TESTIMONIAL: SCWP Schindhelm advised Schiene OÖ GmbH to the highest standard on several legal issues during our first big project. The results are convincing.

Immanuel Gerstner, Senior Partner

Immanuel Gerstner, Senior Partner

What do you see as the main points that differentiate SCWP Schindhelm (Saxinger, Chalupsky and Partners) from your competitors?

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) is one of Austria’s leading CEE-operating law firms. Our roots date back to 1946. Based on this long-standing tradition, our focus is to provide comprehensive legal advice in all relevant fields of domestic and international business law by making use of our wide-ranging and in-depth experience and understanding of sectors, industries and markets. Our clients include businesses, private investors, government agencies, private individuals and families.

We have an excellent, ambitious team of lawyers eager to win great clients and to benefit our clients’ businesses. We are not just experts at law. We differentiate ourselves from other Austrian law firms with our excellent level of client care by identifying a client’s needs, explaining and summarizing any legal problems and providing the respective tailored solutions to our clients. We can thus proudly guarantee our clients the best possible legal advice. Our people strive to assist clients with all the issues they face, and to think and go beyond traditional lawyering.

In independent ratings of renowned industry publications, SCWP Schindhelm regularly ranks among the top 10 corporate law firms in Austria and the CEE region in numerous fields of law. Legal Directories hold that the firm’s M & A practice is “second to none” in its original home market upper Austria. Upper Austria is the leading state in Austria in terms of industry, exports and technology. Around one quarter of industrial production and exports in Austria stem from this region. At the same time, as member of the SCWP Schindhelm Alliance, an alliance of European corporate law firms, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific active in 12 countries to date (see question 3. below), the firm’s practice is predestined to advise clients on all cross-border matters. Said legal directories have in particular also recognize that the growing Vienna practice has gained significant market exposure and reputation throughout the last years and is active for reputable national and international clients. The Vienna practice with its cross-border orientation hence has attracted a new-client segment, i.e. institutional foreign investors.

We are of the opinion that this combination of strong local roots on the one hand and cross-border focus on the other is unique and makes the firm’s practice special.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We believe that Corporate/M&A which has always been one of the core practices of our firm as well as banking and finance will continue to grow in light of a stronger economy and the growing importance of compliance standards.

Moreover, with reference to our observations over the last few years, we expect the real estate sector to grow steadily. Although there is a general post-Brexit slump in sentiment towards the UK, investors continue to see value in real estate across many parts of Europe.

Another sector that we expect to grow is intellectual property and data protection with reference to an environment of increasing competition, globalization and rapid data transfer.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

One of the major changes happened in 2009 after a significant expansion which enlarged our wide-ranging expertise across many industries. We acted as a founding member of the international Schindhelm Alliance. Since then SCWP Schindhelm is a member of the SCWP Schindhelm Services SE, alliance of European business law firms with offices in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific with more than 200 lawyers in 12 countries at 24 offices.

Our alliance sees itself as an international network and it goes without saying that the lawyers speak both German and English, as well as the respective local language.

Personal contact with our clients – here in Austria or abroad – has always been important to us and in this respect our clients benefit significantly from the alliance and our cooperation offices. Now we can support our clients in all topics and pool the competence of colleagues abroad quickly, professionally and unbureaucratically.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

No business remains unaffected by technology. Social Media, rapid technology adoption and changing behaviors are driving massive changes to the channels through which we communicate. Technology has positively affected the way we interact with our clients. We are now able to easily and transparently communicate with our clients 24/7 from everywhere in the world, including telephone and video conferences, file sharing etc. providing the possibility to develop, maintain, and strengthen the relationship with our clients. As such, we are constantly developing and improving our client relationship management (CRM) and we provide a substantial amount of information and articles on our website as well as newsletters which we send out regularly to our national and international clients.

Furthermore, we also believe that technological progress in the digital field can make an important contribution to increasing the efficiency of our services. At this point, we would like to refer to SimpLex Doks: SCWP Schindhelm recently won the award “Best Legal Tech Innovation 2018” for SimpLEX Doks at the first edition of “Promoting the Best Award”. SimpLEX Doks increases the efficiency of all commercial law firms and legal departments by highly automating applications to the commercial register (Firmenbuch).

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We want our clients to be successful and to achieve their goals. For us, excellent services are creative, pragmatic and commercially expedient results that are tailored to our clients’ requirements and that help them to move forward. Our experts undergo continuous further training and develop new ideas and approaches for solving a problem. We thus keep an eye on all entrepreneurial hurdles and stumbling blocks for our clients.

With regards, particularly to cross-border transactions, which involve several jurisdictions, the international character of the SCWP Schindhelm alliance offers a special added value for the client: a one-stop-shop for legal advice. However, outstanding specialist legal expertise is not enough for us. As a lawyer, it is always very gratifying if a client grows up from a small “start-up” to a publicly listed corporation and we can take part in the process as advisers. Over the years, the outcome is reciprocal trust as well as real friendships.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three year’s time?

Our aim is to evolve, together with our clients and their businesses and to remain one of the most respected full service law firms in Austria. In order to achieve this goal, we t continue assisting our clients in a world that´s becoming more complex every year.

Moreover, we are planning to substantially invest in strategic acquisitions and team hires, and will build capabilities through emphasizing collaboration and talent development. This orientation is emphasised, for example, by the recent hiring of our new partner Matthias Steyrer, who expands the expertise in the field of Banking & Finance at the Vienna office.